Ptolemy XII Theos Philopator Philadelphus Neos Dionysius


Ptolemy XII Theos Philopator Philadelphus Neos Dionysius
(d. 51 BC)
   Illegitimate son of Ptolemy IX by an unknown mistress. He was chosen as ruler upon the murder of Ptolemy XIand soon gained the nickname Auletes, or flute player. He was expelled in 58 BC, following his failure to support his brother, Ptolemy, king of Cyprus. He was replaced by his daughter, Berenice IV, but he was restored in 55 BC by Roman troops and executed his daughter. He appointed the Roman Rabirius Postumus, who loaned him the money to pay for his restoration, as his finance minister. His wife was Cleopatra VI Tryphaena and may have been his sister, but it is not known if she was the mother of all of his children, notably Cleopatra VII.
   See also Arsinoe IV; Ptolemy XIII, Ptolemy XIV Philopator.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

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